Remembering the Life of an Angel
The loss of a child is a life shattering experience.
Little can prepare you for the emotional trauma suffered in such
circumstances or for the physical and mental pain of adjustment
in the aftermath. 'Letting go' after death is often the most challenging
situation you will ever face. Many people in this position find
grave marker can serve as a starting point from which solace
can be attained.
Types of Infant Headstones
There are several types of headstones and grave markers available for infants.
Bronze Infant Grave Markers
These are suitable for many
modern day memorial park type cemeteries. Bronze grave
consist of a bronze plaque mounted to a base made of granite
or concrete and are designed to lay flat on the ground. Bronze is a rich memorial
material that serves as a canvass upon which imagery is cast in
relief form representing a sculptured appearance. Some models are
available with a bronze vase for the placement of flowers.
Granite Infant Headstones
Granite, being one of the hardest stones
in existence, makes an excellent choice for an infant grave marker
as its durability is unrivaled. Granite infant headstones come
in a variety of styles and different granite colors. The most popular types of granite headstones for infants are upright monuments, flat grave markers and slant granite markers.
Many cemeteries have in place rules governing
the types of grave markers allowed. Before making a choice, it
is best to consult with the cemetery to verify the memorial you
want will meet their requirements.
There are many design ideas to consider when
creating an infant headstone. Among them there are teddy bear
designs, lamb designs and the ever popular angel designs. Each
design can be personalized with the addition of a name, dates
and an epitaph.
This process allows you to customize the
infant grave marker to reflect the spirit of the precious child.
Typically the memorial is lettered with the infant's name and
dates. If the infant was a stillborn, the birth/death date is
traditionally represented as a single date on the memorial.
Emblems or symbols can be selected to
decorate the infant grave marker making it as unique as the child
it is for. Emblems and imagery are sometimes chosen for the symbolism
they represent, but in many cases a person chooses a design element
because they simply like it.
The death of a child is very difficult
to overcome. With an infant headstone, the bereaved often find
comfort in mourning, as well as a pathway to remembrance in later
years. In the meantime, may an infant grave marker or headstone
provide you with an icon of stability in what is a turbulent and